The SR-71 Blackbird

The M-21 Blackbirds

This M-21 is a unique variant of the A-12, the earliest Blackbird type. Built for a CIA program code-named "Tagboard," the M-21 carried unpiloted vehicles for intelligence gathering. These drones were intended for launch from the M-21 "mother ship" for flights over hostile territories. Design features of the M-21 include the second seat for the Launch Control Officer and the launch pylon on which the drone is mounted.

M-21 Blackbird #06941 / #135M

Location: Lost on July 30, 1966 near Midway Island
M-21 Blackbird #06941 / #135M

Some sources say Pt. Mugu, CA). While launching a D-21 drone, the drone was trapped in the shock wave of the aircraft, forcing the drone back into the M-21, causing the aircraft to break-up at Mach 3

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M-21 Blackbird #06940 / #134M

Location: On display at the Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA.
M-21 Blackbird #06940 / #134M
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